This is an amazing state and we hear so little about it. I had no idea about all the beautiful pueblos and history of NM until I visited it.
I stayed with friends in Cochiti from July 2th to July 10th. We celebrated 4th of July in their small community where everybody know each other. We visited Tent National Monument, Santa Fe, and other small communities.
I love to cook and I think cooking for friends is one of the best way to show how much you care for them.
Cactus are everywhere. They grow in the hight desert like weeds. My dog Pingo got many cactus spines on his legs while chasing bunnies. I had trouble removing them mainly because he didn’t let me. He took care of them himself by biting them off.
Santa Fe is the capital of New Mexico. It was occupied by several different Native American Nations and most of the area is still part of their land. The Spanish colonized the area in 1610 making Santa Fe one of the oldest cities in the US. Most of the buildings and houses are made of adobe which is very peculiar and charming. The original name was La Villa Real de la Santa Fe de San Francisco de Asís and the Cathedral has the name of this saint of the animals (my favorite).
Bandelier National monument is another place worth to visit. It is located about 40 miles northwest from Santa Fe on volcanic lands. This park offers beautiful scenery and rich history. The park was named after the archaeologist who studied the local pueblos.
There are three miles of road, and more than 70 miles of hiking trails. Pets are not allowed on the trails due to wild life. It is easy to spot mule deer but not black bears although they live within the park.
There is a camping where you can park RVs with no hook ups. It costs 12 per night and includes a picnic table and a fire pit. There are restrooms and potable water. There is also a dumping station and water you can fill the tank. You don’t have to use the camping to be able to use the dumping station and water.
It costs 20 dollars to enter the park or you can buy (like I did) an anual pass for 80 dollars.
After visiting and staying one night I went to Albuquerque. There I stayed in the parking lot of one Walmart store where I got a bike and few accessories. I visited the city the next day but didn’t find it appealing. It was also very hot.
I drove to Santa Rosa and stayed the night in a campground by the Santa Rosa Lake. It was nice to cool in the water. They have a state park where you can pay 5.00 to spend the day or from 8 to 14 dollars do camp.
I already crossed Amarillo, Texas where I stayed at Amarillo RV Ranch. This is a very nice place with pool, hot tube, spacious to walk the dog and full hook up. I paid 36 dollars with 4 off because I have AAA.
Now I’m boondoking in a private residence in Wetherford, OK. Tomorrow I will visit Oklahoma City and I will stay with another boondocker in Newalla, OK.
I will go East until Memphis and I already have reservation for the Graceland RV park, then south to New Orleans. I will make stops on the way.
Until next time…